This week I had a chance to get up to the north shore of Lake Superior, as well as the Gunflint Trail in Grand Marais, Minnesota. I was in search of northern lights (aurora borealis) and was willing to drive the distance!
On the way up Highway 61, we stopped along Lake Superior to admire the seemingly ALIVE piles of broken ice sheets, creaking and cracking, that went down the shore as far as we could see. I also saw someone with a kayak standing in the water taking pictures! Is it weird I was jealous? Haha!
A few places that I would recommend stopping at on your way up north are Stony Point Road just outside of Duluth on the “Scenic Highway,” Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse and beach, and just down the road from the lighthouse is the beautiful Palisade Head.
My favorite part of the road trip was our time spent on the Gunflint Trail. At about 2 am we rolled on to the snowy road. As we went deeper into the forest, the temperature dropped to -25 degrees fahrenheit! The skies looked calm, but after doing some long exposures I started to pick up the northern lights! Standing there on the frozen Gunflint Lake, looking across to Canada, my fear of being dragged off by hungry wolves was quickly replaced with joy!
If you haven’t been along the North Shore you are surely missing out. It’s a magical, grounding and peaceful place to be. In the morning when we were leaving we saw a moose crashing through the snow. Every time seems better!
See you next time!
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